I currently know more about the plot of Silas Marner, the filmography of A Christmas Carol and the life of Sir Alec Guinness than I did before I started writing my last post. None of this knowledge will enable me to earn money, which is a shame, but it will enrich my life and conversation. Probably.
There was a programme on University Challenge recently, as it reached its 50th year or something, and it featured some of the question setters. I’m not going to be rude about anyone but it did seem to me that the setters, at least in one case, were not the high powered academics I had been expecting. It has been noticeable in recent years that the questions were less difficult. I had been congratulating myself on my increasing intellectual ability, but the truth was slowly dawning on me – the questions were getting easier. Ah well . . .
The rest of the day proceeded much as predicted with food and TV, a few chores, a nap and some aimless rambling round the internet. I could call it “research” and dress it up as an activity or I can admit that it’s just a cover story for browsing.
This reminds me, one thing I do need to do (before producing a delicious dinner of roast vegetables and chicken pie) is order my pills for the coming months. The prescription date falls inconveniently in the middle of the Christmas holiday close-down. I’ve been meaning to do it for the best part of a week but switching on a computer is a surefire way of diverting my attention from important jobs.
Not that it matters, but the Alastair Sim version of ACC is my favorite and I watch it every Christmas eve
Yes, it does matter. I watched some of that version tonight because I caught it whilst channel hopping. Still good after all these years, though I also like Michael Caine/Muppet version.
Well…the muppets…but Sim was the perfect Scrooge….
He’s very good, and that version is excellent. It’s just that I’m a sucker for cheerful stupidity.
I would never remember what you learned in your first paragraph
I remember a small percentage. I do however look at my kids i9n awe as they soak stuff up and seem to remember it all.
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Those roast vegetables look tasty! They are an infrequent treat in our house.
They are cheap, easy and healthy so we eat a lot of them. 🙂
There is a vast rabbit hole of videos on YouTube into which it is possible for the unwary to disappear for weeks at a time.
I can vouch for that. I now know far more about many subjects than I will ever need to know, including magnet fishing, making rings from coins and the development of British aircraft armament between the wars.
Yes, there is more out there than I would ever have time to watch.
Very true. And listen. So much music I’ve not heard for years, or, in the case of some of your recommendations, have never heard until now.
To borrow from Tootlepedal…any day a good dinner is cooked is a checkmark in the credit ledger of life
This is true. However, as my next post will reveal (to use the words of another great Scottish writer) the “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.”